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Miami Burger

Miami Burger

  • Author: The Commish
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main


  • 1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 thin slices smoked ham
  • 2 dill pickles, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices


  1. Divide the ground chuck into 4 equal portions. Form each portion of meat into a 3/4-inch burger patty. Using your thumb, make a depression in the center of each patty. Season both sides of each patty with salt and pepper.
  2. Place a large cast iron skillet on the stovetop. Add the oil. Turn the heat to high, and heat the oil until it shimmers.
  3. Cook the burgers until they are slightly charred on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until the second side is slightly charred, about 4 additional minutes. Continue to cook to your desired level of doneness.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, roasted garlic and mustard. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Spread both halves of a bun with the mayonnaise-mustard mixture. Place a slice of cheese on the bottom bun half. Add a burger patty. Top the burger with a slice of ham followed by a second slice of the cheese and a few pickle slices. Cap with the top half of the bun.
  6. Place the assembled burger on a sandwich press. Heat until the cheese has melted, then serve.


If you don’t have a sandwich press, you can heat the burgers in a clean frying pan using a heavy skillet or a brick wrapped in silver foil on top to press down the sandwich.